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Michael Tabachnick

Senior Legal Assistant

Mike was born in New York, New York and relocated shortly thereafter with his family to Tamarac, Florida. Upon graduating from high school, he attended the Florida Culinary Institute and received an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts. He then attended Broward Community College for two years before transferring to Florida Atlantic University, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing.

Mike began his career in the banking industry in 1996 at a community bank as a Credit and Collateral Analyst and shortly thereafter was promoted to be a Portfolio Manager. He then moved to a larger bank as an Assistant Vice President of Lending, where he first began to work on U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. After developing several years of experience as the bank’s SBA Loan Closing Specialist, Mike accepted an offer from a national non-bank SBA lender to be its SBA Loan Closing Specialist, where he handled SBA 7(a) loans of all different sizes and complexities.

He joined Fogel Law Group in February 2006 as a Legal Assistant, advancing to Senior Legal Assistant in May 2009.  At the Firm, Mike handles multiple types of financing transactions including SBA 504 loans and 7(a) loans and other types of U.S. Government Guaranteed Loans.  He lives with his family in Lake Worth, Florida.

Jacqueline Washington

Client Services Director

Jackie was born in Warsaw, Virginia and attended the University of Maryland, where she majored in Business Administration.   In 2005, Jackie and her family moved to Boca Raton, Florida, where she now resides.

Before moving to Florida, Jackie worked as an Administrative Assistant for executives at the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP); and as an Office Manager at the Hertz Corporation and other large corporations.  Jackie also served as a loan officer in a successful mortgage company in Maryland.

In August 2005, Jackie joined Fogel Law Group as the Firm’s Receptionist.  In 2007, Jackie became Mr. Fogel’s Administrative Assistant and, in 2008, she was named the Firm’s Client Services Director, in which role she ensures that the Firm’s clients receive prompt, courteous and effective service on post-Closing subjects and other matters.

image1Esmeralda Romero

Legal Assistant

Esmeralda was born in Houston, TX and relocated to Coral Springs, FL in 2002.  Es attended the Art Institute of Houston where she received an Associate’s Degree in Art Science.

Es’ early career was in the restaurant industry where she excelled to the top in her field, receiving numerous accolades for her efforts.  In 2005, after the birth of her daughter, she made a career change and began working for a title company, then a well-respected law firm, both in Palm Beach County, Florida, where she developed her experience and expertise in real estate law.

Es joined Fogel Law Group in January 2013 as a Legal Assistant.  She handles various types of transactions including residential and commercial real estate closings, SBA 7(a) and 504 loan closings, and various business purchases and sales.  She lives with her family in Boca Raton, Florida.

Megan StaplesMegan Staples

Legal Assistant (Jacksonville, Office)

Megan was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL and attended the University of Florida where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Ecology.

Megan began her career in the banking industry in 2011 at a community bank as a SBA Sales Analyst and shortly thereafter was promoted to be the SBA Divisional Operations Manager, where she supervised the closings of all SBA 7(a) and 504 loans, along with holding key responsibilities related to packaging, loan funding, secondary market sales, construction management, and even creating and assembling sales team marketing materials.

Megan joined Fogel Law Group in December 2014 as a Legal Assistant. She handles various types of transactions including commercial real estate closings, title insurance matters, and  SBA 7(a) and 504 loan closings.  She lives with her husband and daughter in Jacksonville, FL.

MichelleMichelle Marchese

Legal Assistant

Michelle was born Coral Gables, Florida, and raised in West Palm Beach.  Michelle began her career in the banking industry in 1985 at First Federal of the Palm Beaches, first as a teller, then worked as a loan processor at Fidelity Federal.  In 2007, Michelle moved to Florida First Capital Finance Corporation, where her responsiblities included coordination of SBA 504 closings, pre-closing loan processing, 504 loan debenture submissions, working with FFCFC’s closing counsel on pre- and post-closing matters, and assisting the Closing Manager with day-to-day responsibilities.

Michelle joined Fogel Law Group in June 2016 as a Legal Assistant, where her primary work involves 504 loan closings and debenture submissions.  She lives in Lake Clark Shores, FL.

NinaNina Vazquez

Legal Assistant

Nina was born and raised in Miami, Florida and attended Florida International University, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in 2014.   After graduating from FIU, Nina got her Paralegal Degree from the Unisversity of Miami Paralegal Program in 2016.

Nina joined Fogel Law Group in January 2017 as a Legal Assistant, where she handles various types of transactions including commercial real estate closings, title insurance matters, business opportunities, and SBA 7(a) loan closings.